The Mayan Riviera was the Inspiration for Turquoise Compass

After much encouragement from friends and family, I decided to start a blog in 2013 to document my 14 months of full time travel around the world. In the beginning phases of setting up my blog, I was stumped for a couple weeks thinking about an appropriate name for my blog. I had no idea what to call it. I wanted something that represented my life, my dreams, and my travel journey. I had thought of a few names (Turquoise Trunk was one of them), but they didn’t seem to quite fit. I couldn’t help but keep coming back to the word turquoise. I knew I somehow had to incorporate it into my blog name. Unfortunately, Turquoise Life was already taken, but even Turquoise Life didn’t seem to be perfect for me. I needed something that had to do with the beach, coastal life, traveling, teaching, living life to the fullest, and self discovery. I thought long and hard about what other words and/or phrases would fit well with turquoise, while also encapsulating everything about me. It was a hard task I had at hand. Mexico

In many ways, my first solo backpacking journey to Mexico made Turquoise Compass what it is today. If I hadn’t of visited Mexico and its turquoise coasts, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with traveling around the world to see the best turquoise beaches the world has to offer. It was that first solo journey that made me a turquoise traveler.

I have a large sea shell collection which I keep scattered on beaches all over the world. Maybe you’ve seen it. -Steven Wright


The Mayan Riviera truly was my inspiration when coming up with a blog name. When brainstorming, I couldn’t get this image out of my mind:


Riviera Maya

I knew I had to consider this picture when finalizing a blog name. I knew I was sold on turquoise, now to come up with the first/second part of the name. Traveling throughout Mexico and Belize as a frightened (at first) and confident solo female backpacker provided me the opportunity to find my own way, create my own path, and be my own compass. That’s it Turquoise Compass! Mexico

Turquoise Compass represents everything that is significant in my life and connects all of my passions well. Turquoise being my favorite colour which reminds me of the ocean, the beach, the earth (the natural turquoise gemstone), and my travels. I usually do not travel too far from the coast. Even if I do I find my way back to the sea. After any inland vacation, I always find my way back to the beach somehow. There is something magical about being close to the sea. It is as if I am “at home”. Sometimes I wish I could live and breathe underwater. The word compass is also relevant because it is directly linked to travel, teaching, and learning. I have often questioned my personal journey and the direction of my life. I challenge myself and my students to reach for higher learning opportunities and exploration, while being in control of life’s compass or to let it lead in the right direction. A pilot also guides their plane with the use of a compass, and the aviation world is very much a big part of my life. A compass can have various meanings. Turquoise Compass seemed like the perfect fit for me!

Here is a little bit about my journey:

How Turquoise Compass Came to Be
Turquoise Compass: Behind the Name
On the Road with Turquoise Compass
Turquoise Compass’ First Birthday
Turquoise Compass Has a Logo


Sea of Seven Colours

If these posts don’t reveal who I am and what I’m all about, I don’t know what will. Yet, I’m constantly rediscovering new parts of myself along this journey we call life. After almost a year and a half of blogging, I finally know my motto: Live, Dream, Travel!

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S Lewis


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14 thoughts on “The Mayan Riviera was the Inspiration for Turquoise Compass

  1. Sooo nice to know how you thought about a name for your blog! Thank you for sharing this 😀 the name really came out perfect for you in every sense 😀
    I looove all these photos… just paradise!! You have been to amazing places Jessica, and your family was right on insisting you to write a blog 😀

  2. Hi there. Just a quick note to let you know I added a link from my blog to yours. I figured since we are so like minded, it was a good fit. Cheers!

  3. Pingback: Countries Visited | Turquoise Compass

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